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Jadugopal Das & Upendra Bharti | HENB | Das in Dhaka & Bharti in New Delhi | Nov 5 & 6, 2020:: On Tuesday (03/11/2020) Bangladesh Hindu Buddha Christian Oikya Parishad (Bangladesh Hindu Buddha Christian Unity Council – BHBCUC) protested against attacks and intimidation against religious minorities, violence against girls and women from minority communities in Parbatipur of Dinajpur and Muradnagar in Cumilla and killing of pious Shahidunnabi at Burimari in Lalmonirhat by spreading rumours of desecrating religion in Social Media.
There is a global wave of Islamic protest against France which hit Bangladesh in view of the rift between the Islamist and the French Govt there out of Prophet Muhammad’s cartoons as published in the satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’. In that trail, minority Hindus are ruthlessly attacked in Islamic Bangladesh as an unreasonable backlash.
The BHBCUC general secretary Rana Dasgupta, in a press conference on the prevailing situation of the religious minorities across the country at the Chattogram Press Club in the port city, also protested against the bid to cancel minority students’ studentship and the issuance of death threats to professor Kushal Chakrabarty.
He said that the minority communities in Bangladesh were facing tough times and announced a countrywide demonstration for November 7 protesting at such attacks and intimidation across the country.
He said that protest rallies would be held from 10:00am to noon on the day at Shahbagh in Dhaka, the New Market intersection in Chattogram and at the main roads of all district and divisional headquarters and in metropolitan areas of the country.
Bangladesh national Hindu Grand Alliance (Bangladesh Jatiyo Hindu Mahajot) and many other Hindu organisations are also supporting these protest rallies.
The organisation’s other demands include immediate release of arrested students, withdrawal of show cause notices issued against them, formulating law for protecting religious minorities and formation of a national religious minority commission and a separate ministry for them.
Rana Dasgupta alleged that the country’s communal forces, by capitalizing the French incident, were implementing a planned conspiracy against the religious and ethnic minorities of Bangladesh and said that they, finding no other way, were compelled to announce the demonstrations.
The leader of organisation, Rana, said that they expected that people would be more inclined to demonstrate their humane attitudes during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis but they observed that, without a few exceptions, the situation for peace loving minority people deteriorated in hundred counts.
He said that in the seven months from March to September this year, 17 religious minority community people were killed in communal attacks, 10 were victims of attempt to murder, 11 got death threats, 30 were raped and six were victims of molestation.
Three committed suicide, 23 were abducted, and three are still missing, he said.
During this time, 23 temples were attacked, vandalised and set on fire, seven people were forcibly converted, 73 attempts were made to occupy homes and cremation grounds, 26 were completely occupied, 60 families were evicted and 34 people were threatened with deportation, he said.
Besides, various types of propaganda were being spread targeting the religious and ethnic minorities, he alleged.
Through this, grassroots communalism has become more entrenched but the administrations remained mysteriously reticent over these incidents, he said, adding, ‘We are apprehensive and worried about such recurrence of violent events and the deterioration of the overall situation.’
He also urged the government to rescue the Jagannath University third year student Tithi Sarkar who remained missing since October 28.
The recent protest against France in Bangladesh saw dreadful situations for minority Hindus in the country, specially at Muradpur under Cumilla in Chittagong Division of Bangladesh where Hindu villages, people, women, temples were attacked barbarically as some Hindu youths supported the standpoint of France in Social media.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in India took this issue of Hindu persecution in Bangladesh as very sensitive linking French Protests there.
VHP Gen Secretary Dr Surendra Jain demanded Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s immediate intervention to stop attacks on minorities Hindus+ there by radical Muslims. Dr. Jain also demanded appropriate compensation for the Hindus who were victimized there in the recent trails of cartoon protest.
VHP’s youth forum Bajrangdal condemned the attacks on Hindus in Islamic Bangladesh and took out protest rallies in various places in West Bengal+, Assam and Tripura. The protesters burned effigy of Bangladesh PM Hasina in many places including Garbeta and Barasat.
The WB based Hindu Organisation, Hindu Samhati also accused Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her gross indulgence to attack minority Hindus there by Hefazat and Jaamat people. They assembled at Sealdah, Bangaon and other places to protest the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh.
A delegation of Hindu Samhati met various Hospital authorities to alert them about Hindu repercussions for the visiting Muslim patients there from Bangladesh.
At the outskirts of Kolkata, specially in Mukundapur and Barasat areas, thousands of Bangladeshi patients (most them are Muslims) use to come there for better treatment in many Super Specialty Hospitals. Such patients from Bangladesh get services from Hindus, treated by Hindu doctors, transmitted with Hindu blood when necessary and returned Bangladesh with good Health. But, never condemn the attacks on Hindus by the radical Muslims there for a single occasion of time.
“Now, the Hindu activists of various organisations in WB, Kerala, Delhi, Guwahati, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Vellore are preparing to hackle/attack the Muslim patients and visitors from Bangladesh, if they don’t stop torture upon minority Hindus of Bangladesh,” says a Hindu activist denying to disclose his identity or position in the organisation.
In New York, there will be a huge protest rally to convey the solidarity with the persecuted minority Hindus in Bangladesh.
In Kolkata, Hindu activists are planning to gherao Bangladesh High Commission all on a sudden, as a report came in.
__Agencies/ Dainik Jugasankha.